As soon as December comes closer, the countdown for the New Year begins! We’ll be seeing a lot of “New Year, New Me” Instagram posts and even many “New Year Resolutions” being made (which may or may not last for the whole year). And the most popular resolution on everyone’s list is to travel the world. But but, … before travelling the world, why not explore our very own desh, India! When we think about New Year celebrations around the world, we often overlook our very own country. Yeh toh wahi baat hogayi, “Bagal Mein Chora, Shehar Mein Dhindora.”
India is a vast country and every nook and corner of our country offers something unique that you would love to jump-start your year with. From partying hard in Goa and relaxing in the lap of nature on the Lakshadweep Islands, to welcoming the New Year in snow-clad mountains and even the desert, you have countless alternatives to spend New Years’ Eve just the way you like it.
Let’s have a look at the happening places to celebrate the New Year in India and decide what suits you more so that you can book your choice of destination from our list of India tour packages.
The moment you think about the New Year celebrations in India, the first name that pops up in your mind is Goa. India’s smallest state, Goa is our very own party capital! With mesmerising beaches, delicious Goan cuisine, ample tourist attractions, endless party scene and laid back lifestyle, no wonder it is our top pick to welcome the New Year. You can book our Goa tour package and party all night, dance during the live music performances on the sandy beaches, and feast up on exotic seafood and cheap beer to start your New Year on a very high note!
The financial capital of India is known as “the city that never sleeps,” and when it comes to New Year celebrations in India, the parties literally last all night long! Mumbai is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world, and it is clearly visible from all the festivities that take place here. Mumbaikars celebrate the New Year with much more zeal and enthusiasm. People go clubbing in several pubs across the city, host house parties, dance to musical shows and so much more. The fireworks at the Marine Drive, Gateway of India and several other beaches in Mumbai are worth watching at the midnight!
Also read: Weekend Getaways near Mumbai
Delhi, the heart of the nation is one of the best places to welcome the New Year in India in the North. The capital city has many options to enjoy New Years’ Eve which is suitable for all pockets, so burn a hole in your wallet or not, it’s solely your choice. There are many elite parties in the clubs where the best DJs of the country perform and you can dance your heart out. Explore locations like Connaught Place, and India Gate and enjoy the nightlife in several places and witness one of the most memorable New Year celebrations in India.
Bangalore, the IT hub of India is a very dynamic city. The city, flooded with bright young minds certainly throws one of the best New Year parties in India. The Garden city of India is known for its large open spaces, green parks, pubs and entertainment centres within the sprawling length and breadth of the city. From enjoying fine dining to partying hard in the several clubs where the best DJs perform, Bangalore is one of the best places to drown in the New Year celebrations in India.
Snow is very much associated with New Year and it sure does add a different charm to your New Year celebrations. If you wish to celebrate New Year in India surrounded by snow-laden mountain peaks overlooking your celebrations, then book your Manali tour package now. Gather around the bonfire amidst the freezing temperatures, explore the fully decorated Mall Road, go on a shopping spree, or visit Old Manali to enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.
Not all of us like to dance and get high on booze on New Year and we get that! If you are amongst the group of people who wish to celebrate New Year peacefully, amid nature doing activities that you normally won’t do, then Shillong is the place for you! This Scotland of India is a peaceful escape in North-East India from the general chaos and hustle and bustle of the city. Go boating, trekking, angling, exploring waterfalls, and enjoy the delicious local food at the rooftop restaurants and enjoy the New Year celebrations in India calmly.
Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is the place if you want to celebrate New Year in the Maharaja style! Book your Jaisalmer tour package and enter the New Year under clear skies looking at the stars and of course the fireworks at midnight. You could even go on a camel safari, camping, or party in one of the several cafés across the city. The Golden city also offers a very different experience of New Years’ celebration in the Great Indian Desert, which you must experience at least once in your life.
Thinking of traveling to a hill station in India for New Year celebrations? Well, there’s no better option than the Queen of the Hill Stations – Shimla! Shimla is covered under a sheet of snow and is decorated with beautiful lights all over, making it a fairyland where nothing can go wrong. You get to enjoy music, snowfall, lip smacking delicacies, and drinks that just give a perfect start to the New Year. You must add visiting colonial churches and hiking in the nearby hills to your Shimla holiday itinerary for an assured start to a refreshing New Year.
If you are a nature lover and want to welcome New Year in peace and tranquillity, then don’t think twice and head to the pristine islands of Lakshadweep. What would be more refreshing than relaxing at the clear blue beaches, sipping your favourite refreshing drink? Nothing! Lakshadweep is blessed with bluish-green waters and colourful reefs which are rare in India. You could click great pictures, enjoy water sports, dance to the music performances, and welcome the New Year in a very relaxing way.
Primarily a Tibetan settlement, McLeodganj is a peaceful hill station in India with a unique Tibetan culture. You can find great parties in and around McLeodganj and at the same time visit several temples and monasteries to give a spiritual welcome to the New Year. You can go sightseeing, visit charming cafés and bring home Tibetan souvenirs to mark a great beginning to the New Year. McLeodganj is a great place to ditch the traditional way and indulge in a different kind of New Year celebration in India.
There is something comforting about the air in December where all we want to do is snuggle up in a cozy blanket and sip a warm drink of our choice. At the same time, the upcoming New Year makes us forget all the worries and chaos of the year gone by.
Apart from letting go of the past, New Year is also the time to celebrate new beginnings. It is a great time to sit back and relax, indulge in good food, have a drink of your choice, or simply hop on the party wagon and dance the night away. If you too plan to start the upcoming year on the right foot, here’s an excellent opportunity for you!
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